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Veeam® has pioneered a new market of Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ by helping organizations meet recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data. Veeam develops backup, disaster recovery and virtualization management software for VMware and Hyper-V virtual environments. The company focuses on products that help with virtualized workloads, reduce downtime, and ensure the system Availability required by service-level agreements.

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Hi,

I've been using Veeam for years as a back/replication package.  I started getting an error a day or so ago that is rather odd.  

The first odd thing about it is the suffix:  vmdk.vmdk for both virtual disks.   Never seen this before.  Not sure if it was named that originally as I wouldn't normally check the suffix with a VM that has been running for years (and still is).

And as a production server, I haven't made any changes to the configuration at all.  The specific message is:

Processing configuration Error: Cannot replicate disk {LSI-1] ABS64/ABS64_1.vmdk.vmdk because its capacity was reduced.

The capacity of this drive is 60 gig and has been for years.  Any suggestions on how to diagnose this?

Running vSphere 6 essentials with current updates applied, and Veeam B&R 9.0.0.1715.

Thanks!

--Ben
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What is SQL Server and how does it work?

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People,

Can anyone please share some explanation and the difference between the Storage Array Snapshot (HPE Lefthand) and the VMware snapshot?

Because at the moment, I've got Exchange server which is quite big in size (4.8 TB) size in total VMFS footprint, and when I look in the VMFS LUN free space on my HPE Lefthand SAN, I only have several hundreds of GB free space left. does it means the backup with Storage array snapshot will be failed or can cause the whole Storage array becoming Read Only due to no more disk space left at the SAN level ?
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Hi Experts,

I am looking for some advice on backing up our VM's and hosts.

We currently have 2 hosts attached to a DAG. We have VM Essentials plus licenses. We have migrated the VM's from  the 2 hosts to the DAG.

Questions

1) Being on the DAG does this effect how backups would be work or configured using a backup solution
2) I know Veeam backup is the top solution but also see it is more expensive than Nakivo my 2 choices, would they both backup the hosts and vm's?

Thanks
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Hi

Ive restored a Windows 2008 server from a Veeam backup to a new host but when I try and start the server Im getting Windows Boot Manager, Windows failed to start. To fix the problem, 1. insert your windows installation disc and restart, 2 choose your language and click (missing txt here cant see it on screen). 3 Click Repair your computer.

I restored the same machine 2 weeks ago but didnt get this issue - any ideas guys?

Ta
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Hi People,

I'm using Veeam Backup Enterprise Plus that is capable of taking my VMware VM backup using Storage Array snapshot.
Today, I notice that my current production Exchange mailbox server is running out of disk space and to make thing worst, I cannot extend it anymore due to NTFS MBR limitation of 2 TB on the D:\

So, now, I am performing the mailbox database migration from one very large mailbox DB [PRODMBXCAS01-VM] to another mailbox DB on newly build Exchange server 2013 [PRODMBX01-VM].

Old existing Exchange Server 2013 SP1 Standard - CAS & MBX server:
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Data Center Edition
PRODMBXCAS01-VM
C:\ 80 GB - OS
D:\ 1.95 TB - Mailbox DB [15 GB remaining free disk space]
E:\ 200 GB - Transaction Logs

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New Exchange Server 2013 SP1 Standard - MBX server only:
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition
PRODMBX01-VM
C:\ 80 GB - OS
E:\ 200 GB - Transaction Logs
D:\ 300 GB - New Mailbox DB1
F:\ 300 GB - New Mailbox DB2
G:\ 300 GB - New Mailbox DB3
H:\ 300 GB - New Mailbox DB4
I:\ 300 GB - New Mailbox DB5

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So my question is:

1. Which Exchange server is safe to backup with during the business hours with no downtime or interruptions to the users while I'm performing the mailbox migration ?
2. When backing up the Exchange VMs during the mailbox migration shall I truncate the transaction logs or leave it running ?

Any help and suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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Hello,

this is an old version of Veeam, 6.5 Patch 3. Unfortunately there is no current maintenance contract.

Backups appear to work fine but if I try to do a test restore of a file I get the error "failed to install guest agent control".

I have reinstalled vmtools both on the Veeam backup server and the SBS server I am trying to restore to, not helped. Google doesn't bring up anything on this error.

Any ideas?

Thank you.

Alasdair Barclay
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I'm looking into the cost of running our servers at Azure instead of locally. My current backup solution won't work in the cloud.

Azure Backup is looking incredible because of the price. Many friends recommend Unitrends or Veeam and I'm wondering why.

Is Azure Backup good enough to consider? Have you ever used it to fail back?

Thank you,
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Hi People,

After manually committing the VMware snapshot, why I got the message Configuration issues VMware Disk consolidation is needed ?
Consolidation needed ?How do I do that and is there any outage caused by doing this action to the currently running Production SQL Server VM.Yes or No ?
[root@PRODESXi23:/vmfs/volumes/55c2a2e5-112132f2-064e-8cdcd4b297d4/PRODSQL1] ls -lrth |grep -E "flat|delta|sesparse"
-rw-------    1 root     root        1.3T May 18 16:44 PRODSQL1_1-flat.vmdk
-rw-------    1 root     root        5.0T May 18 16:44 PRODSQL1_2-flat.vmdk
-rw-------    1 root     root      300.0G May 18 16:44 PRODSQL1-flat.vmdk
[root@PRODESXi23:/vmfs/volumes/55c2a2e5-112132f2-064e-8cdcd4b297d4/PRODSQL1]

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What are the best practices to protect a Veeam Cloud Backup Repository from Ransomware?
Ransomware infects not only the server, but also the local Veeam Backup repository AS WELL AS the offsite replicated backup repository.

The whole point of an offsite backup is that the data is recoverable in the event the local backups have been compromised.
Please advise.
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Hi experts
I just install veeam endpoint free edition on my server 2008 after I created usb backup rule i need to create another local backup rule but I can't find any options to create new rule
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NEW Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Backup and recover physical and cloud-based servers and workstations, as well as endpoint devices that belong to remote users. Avoid downtime and data loss quickly and easily for Windows-based physical or public cloud-based workloads!

Hi Everyone

Thought it would be easier to ask as im just wasting time searching around on the internet.

I want to use Veeam backup and replication.

I have a physical host running VMware ESXi (free version) with 4 VM servers on.

Veeam backup and replication says it will not work on ESXi free edition. But what edition/ license of ESXi do I need to buy??? ESXi free edition does everything I need, so I don't need to spend money on VMware products, licenses that I don't need... what is the minimum I can purchase to enable me to use Veeam Backup & Replication??? Is there simply a paid version of ESXi license I can buy and input the license key so I can use Veeam?
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Hi People,

I've got about 8x SQL Servers VM that is used 24x7 and very big, with some of them is around 12.5 TB in single VM (multiple large VMDK):

16x vCPU
128 GB vRAM
C:\ - OS - 300 GB
D:\ - Database .MDF - 6.5 TB
E:\ - Backup .BAK & TRN -23 TB
L:\ Logs 3.1 TB

So my question is, can I just backup the C: drive and the E: drive only so that I can back it up more frequently like every 6 hours (using Veeam Backup - VM snapshot, no SQL transaction logs commit)?

Does backing up the OS and the E: drive containing the SQL maintenance backup file dump is enough to restore it functionally?

I cannot backup the whole VM due to the below concerns and stumble block:
1. Disk space for backup repository
2. Since the SQL server is very busy, sometimes when the  Veeam ABckup failed after 55 hrs of the backup job, snapshot removal process kills it for 3 hours bringing down the entire business with it.
3. Backing up the whole VM is not fast enough with VM snapshot mode.

So any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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I had this question after viewing does Veeam backup only used space inside a virtual machine?.


Does Veeam backup utilize the Deduplication on its own, or can we reduce the backup size, even more, when we use Windows Server 2012 R2 Dedupe feature for the NTFS drive ?

I am thinking to create the deduplication Veeam Backup repository on the 2x NTFS iSCSI LUN on the qnap NAS on my Veeam VM.

Is that possible to reduce the disk space used by the Veeam backup even more ?
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I've searched this forum and not found an answer to this question. I've deleted about 300GB of old files from within a Windows 2012 virtual machine running on an ESXi 6 host. If I run a VeeamZip will it only backup the portion of the VM that has files in it or will it backup the space previously occupied by the deleted data?

I believe that vSphere/ESXi will not show the available space as increasing after I do this delete until a certain process is followed (I think running the Mark Russinovich sdelete utility inside the VM and then shutting down the VM and running vmkfstools to reclaim the space in ESXi is required to fully reclaim the space in ESXi). Since Veeam has data compression built in, I wonder if it will backup only the space occupied by files inside the VM? I really don't want to follow all the steps to recover the space in ESXi and have to take the VM down if I don't have to - I'm hoping Veeam doesn't care whether ESXi sees the freed up space or not and is smart enough to backup just the used space inside the VM.

In case you are wondering, I have never run a VeeamZip on this VM and I don't really want to run 2 VeeamZips (before and after the delete) just so I can compare the size of the VeeamZip to answer this question.

Thanks in advance for any help offered.
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Hi folks. I am using the free version of Veeam and have made a VeeamZip backup of a small virtual machine and I wish to restore it to the same ESXi host but put it in a different folder on the same datastore and give it a different name. When I've restored it I wish to boot it up just to be sure that Veeam is backing up and restoring OK. BTW, this virtual machine is an old one that is powered off and is not in production. When I restore it I'll turn the NIC off for that VM since I don't want it to connect to the network.

My question is that I'm not sure what Veeam means by "Target VM folder" in the restore wizard. It won't let me change that value and it sets it at "vm" (see the wizard summary below). I've told it to use the same resource pool and datastore and told it to give the restored virtual machine a new name, but I want to understand what the "Target VM folder" exactly means before I restore this VM since there are other production VMs running on this host. I browsed the datastore in vSphere and I don't see a folder named "vm" so I'm confused. Thanks in advance for your help.

THIS IS THE SUMMARY THE RESTORE WIZARD SHOWS RIGHT BEFORE YOU DO THE RESTORE
Proxy: Automatic selection
Original VM name: Virtual Machine 1
New VM name: Virtual Machine 1 test restore
Restore point: less than a day ago (10:28 AM Tuesday 5/9/2017)
Target host: 210.110.22.209
Target resource pool: Resources
Target VM folder: vm
Target datastore: datastore1
Network mapping:
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Hello Experts - I lost power at my remote site while Veeam replications were running for two VMs.  When the power came back up it looked fine but subsequent replications are failing with the error:

Detected an invalid snapshot configuration

Some research showed that I should delete the snapshots but when I try that I get this error in VMware:

A general system error occurred:  vim.fault.genericvmconfigfault

Attempting to consolidate produces this error:

An error occurred while consolidating disks: msg.snapshot.error-NOTFOUND.

I'm not sure what I need to do at this point and would appreciate any advice, thanks!
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Hi

We use VEEAM back up for backing up all our virtual servers and we use Qnap servers as targets for our backups
I have built a windows 2012 SQL server and now i would like to backup this server as well  using VEEAM backup.

Please post me some tutorials to set up the back up this server.
Thanks
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Hi

As above.  We have two similarly spec'd VMs running 2012 and running a number of applications.  Currently after installing windows updates and restarting were finding that the server is chkdsk'ing and breaking a number of apps.  A restore is fixing this and then a retry of updates works fine.
Were backing up these two VMs with different backup products, veeam and acronis, so assume its not to do with this...
Ideas what can be checked to see what the issue is here before we build new VMs and migrate apps?

Thanks
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VMware 6.  I have a handful of Win 2008 servers.  I am going to build new 2012 or 2016 vms to replace them.  The 2008 servers contain a vmdk D: drives with data that I need to move to the corresponding new server.  I'm trying to limit the impact on Vmware, storage space, and Veeam backups.  So instead of copying, I'm considering moving the disk.

1.  Can I move the disk from a Win2008 to 2012 or 2016?  Will that cause any permission issues on the files (vm guest will not have the same name)?
2.  If that will work, is this the simple process creating the new VM in the same datastore, marking the disk offline in old Win2008, power down, edit the 2008 vm and remove the disk (not deleting), browse the datastore and rename the vmdk to match the new vm name, in the new 2012 or 2016 server, edit settings and add the existing vmdk?  Power on the new vm mark the new disk online and assign drive letter.
 Then at a later point, I'll delete the old VM out of Vsphere once I'm comfortable I won't need to revert.

As far as veeam 9,  backups to local repository, then backup copy job WAN to offsite, I'm hoping through built in dedup that veeam won't be re-backing up and transferring the unchanged data as part of the new vm backup just because the same data moved to another vm.
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People,

I need to know what's the difference in between using VMware 6.0 replication and Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 ?

My requirement is:
1. To have the VM replicated from the Production Datacenter into the DR Datacenter smoothly at a certain time interval (the Differences only) eg. every 2 hours to 60 minutes.
2. Same IP address and slightly different name (to indicate it is replicated VM) so it is ready to start when the DR strikes, but how do I avoid if someone turning on the replicated VM in DR datacenter?

My assumption is that both the replication is like taking VM clone (long) initially and then snapshotting it to send the difference to the remote DR data center.

The VM replication is on the storage array level or is it on the VM level ?
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Hi All

I currently have 2 x Exchange 2013 servers, with 2 databases (1 active, and 1 passive) on each, in a DAG.  Database 1 is Active on Server 1, passive on Server 2.  Database 2 is Active (was) on Server 2, passive on Server 1.  Database 2 has dismounted (both servers) and wont mount as its in a Dirty Shutdown state.  I have ran ESEutil /mh which details that there are missing logs.  I can recover those logs files froma VEEAM backup.  I have ran an eseutil /ml and all log look ok, apart from E01.log which give me a "Cannot read log file header" (Jet_errlogFileSizeMismatch, actual log file size does not match JET_ParamLogFileSize) message.

Trying to run a eseutil /r command is not working for me, here is the Input:-

Eseutil /r E01 /l “L:\Exchange Logs\Mailbox Database 2” /d “D:\Exchange Database\Mailbox Database 2”

The response is:-
Usage Error: Invalid argument 'Logs\Mailbox'. Options must be preceded by '-' or
 '/'.

Extensible Storage Engine Utilities for Microsoft(R) Exchange Server
Version 15.00
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Can anyone advise whats wrong with the command or any other options I can go down.  Including restoring using VEEAM?

Thanks
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Veeam backup job never removed snapshots/finished. In manage snapshots in vsphere it shows none. The VM is offline right now saying "Virtual machine disk consolidation needed" when you click consolidate snapshots it errors out with " detected an invalid snapshot configuration"
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Hey all

Small environment, two hosts, replicating using Veeam from hosta to hostb.  Target was about 8TB usable with 900GB 15k drives.
I can do 11 spindles with a hotspare at 900GB  raid 6 which would bring us to 8.1 TB.

OR, I kind of like the idea even though RAID 6 of two volumes for the VMs
Two volumes with 7 900s RAID 6 with RAW storage of 4.5 TB per volume.  Does everyone feel that much safer with the two volumes, rather than the one 11 spindle volume?  Or is it a waste of $$$$$

There will be a second physical server we will be replicating too, but no shared storage

Thoughts?
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Hi all

We have to do a few server installs and not hearing really good things about 2016 at this point, inclusive of that Veeam is having backup issues with it when running it in a VM.  Anyone running it in Prod, if so for how long?  Based on EOL of 2012.  What do you guys think?

Have a good day!
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I had this question after viewing Backing up Sybase database Server using Veeam.

Hi,

I'm new in experts-exchange community. My company is on the way to use SAP Solutions. Right now I must choose backup concept for all VM's and databases. As far I know HANA backs up relatively automatic (dumps database and logs from RAM to storage). The issue what keeps me not sleeping is backup from Sybase ver. 11 databases, as database shouldn't be stopped at any time (24/7 availabilty) and this version have no support for VSS. I've readed that it's possible to HA (High Availabilty) and DR (Disaster Restore) only with VMWare solutions but I'm not sure - will consistency of database not be corrupted?...
Can someone give me a Tip what would be the best solution?
Database: Sybase 11
VMWare: vSphere 5.5
Veeam: 9.5.0.823
Many thanks for Your replies.
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Veeam

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Veeam® has pioneered a new market of Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ by helping organizations meet recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data. Veeam develops backup, disaster recovery and virtualization management software for VMware and Hyper-V virtual environments. The company focuses on products that help with virtualized workloads, reduce downtime, and ensure the system Availability required by service-level agreements.